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The DC Food Policy Council legislative tracker highlights food policy in the 2021- 2022 DC Council legislative session. We will try to update the tracker as often as possible, but please note the update date in the title. For more information on these bills or other District legislation, visit http://lims.dccouncil.us/.
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B24-0018Green Food Purchasing Amendment Act of 2021Food waste and recovery; sustainable procurementRequires the Department of Energey and Environment (DOEE) to develope a methodology to estimate greenshouse gas emissions that occur through the life cycle of certain foods and establish a baseline measurement of emissions associated with the District's food and beverage purchases. DOEE is also required to prepare a report on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with District procurement. Contracting agencies are required to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions associated with food and beverages according to the reduction schedule.Committee on Transportation and the EnvironmentEnacted June 7, 2021https://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B24-0018
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B24-0044Reopen Washington DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2021Retail business developmentAmends licensing and operational requirements for alcohol and liquor license holders; extends the Streateries program which was introduced during the pandemic and expands the access for businesses to apply; establishes the Commercial Lifestyle License which allows for the carrying and consumption of open alcoholic beverages purchased from on-premises establishments within a regulated zone; creates a new 25% full-service grocery store license which applicants who open and operate such a Class A grocery store in Ward 7 and/or 8 for at least 6 months may then apply for a Class A grocery store license in Wards 1 - 6; allows the sale of miniature alcoholic beverages in 25% full-service Class A grocery stores; and allows licensed establishements to sell, serve, and deliver alcoholic beverages from another location (applies to pop-up restaurants).Committee on Business and Economic DevelopmentEnacted May 9, 2022https://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B24-0044
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B24-0166Nutrition Equity Amendment Act of 2021Healthy food access, retail and business development, child nutrition, adult nutrition, nutrition education, healthCreates new requirements for meals served in shelters for individuals and families facing homelessness to follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, permits the use of donated and recovered foods, provides an additional $0.25 reimbursement per meal for local produce used in meals, and increases resident input into the meal process. The bill also creates a $0.015 per ounce excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages (to be paid by distributors) in the District. The funding from the tax will replace the 8% sales tax on soft drinks; provide money to food as medicine programs, fund Nourish DC, fund preventative health programs at DC Health, provide nutrition education at shelters and schools, and any remaining funds will go to a mew Food Policy Council Grant fund which will be utilized for enacting grants and programs based on the FPC priorities.Committee of the Whole; Committee on Business and Economic DevelopmentIntroduced on March 29, 2021; Public Hearing on May 19, 2021; Withdrawn on June 14, 2021https://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B24-0166
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B24-0171Medically Necessary Foods Coverage Act of 2021Health, child nutrition, adult nutrition, food accessRequires health insurance policies to include coverage for medically necessary foods ordered by a health care provider for a disease or condition in which dietary management cannot be achieved by modification of the normal diet alone.Committee on HealthEnacted on July 26, 2022https://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B24-0171
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B24-0419No Senior Hungry Omnibus Amendment Act of 2021Health, adult nutrition, food access, food securityEstablishes an interagency senior food security task force led by DACL to advise the Mayor in the implementation of policies and outreach efforts to address senior food insecurity; assist DACL in preparing a senior food security plan; require DACL to develop a senior communication plan; improve nutrition services through a DACL coordinated care program; require DHS to increase senior SNAP participation; require OSSE to increase adult day care participation in CACFP; and expand the EPD waiver to include home delivered meals, nutrition supplements, and medical nutrition therapy. The senior food security plan created by the task force will (1) describes the current state of senior food security in the District, (2) identifies all senior nutrition services and identifies overlaps and gaps, (3) makes recommendations for changes, (4) streamlines enrollment processes for services, (5) expands nutrition programs, (6) recommends strategies to improve the nutritional quality of foods for seniors. Committee on Housing and Executive AdministrationIntroduced on October 1, 2021; Public Hearing on February 14, 2022; Passed First Reading on November 15, 2022https://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B24-0419
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B24-0600Give SNAP a Raise Amendment Act of 2022Healthy food access, food security, child and adult nutrition Removes the $30 flat rate of the District's local SNAP supplement and replaces it with a local supplement that brings a participant's total monthly allotment to 15% of the federal eligible maximum monthly allotment (no additional supplement is given if the participant's monthly allotment already above the 15% threshold). And the bill updates the language in the DC register from "food stamps" to "SNAP".Committee on Human ServicesIntroduced on January 3, 2022; Public Hearing on April 28, 2022; Marked Up, passed out of Committeehttps://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B24-0600
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B24-0660Healthy Hospitals Amendment Act of 2022Health, child and adult nutritionEstablishes new standards for food and beverages provided or sold in hospitals which must meet or exceed the most current Diestary Guidelines for Americans. At a minimum they will include: (1) availabilty of healthful foods (vegetarian, vegan, 100% plant-based, etc.); (2) elimination of processed meats from all menus; (3) removal of sugar-sweetened beverages for patient meals (except for therapuetic purposes), limit sugar-sweetened beverages to 25% of beverage options in vending machines, cafes, and cafeterias, and place them farthest from eye-level or in the lowest selling position, and all sugar-sweetened beverages must not exceed 16 ounces; and (4) make water available at no charge.Committee on HealthIntroduced on February 11, 2022https://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B24-0660
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B24-0993Food Waste Diversion Amendment Act of 2022Food waste and recoveryRequires hotels, convention centers, arenas/stadiums, colleges/universities, restaurants, and multi-unit residential buildings with four or more units to source separate food waste generated on premises and either arrange for the collection and organic waste processing offsite, or process the food waste on-site in an organic waste processing system. Collectors of food waste at these locations must provide training for their customers to ensure proper source separation and notify customers of contamination. The bill also creates a restaruant food waste diversion grant program whihc shall be operated by DPW.Committee on Transportation and the Environment; Committee on Business and Economic Development; Committee on Housing and Executive AdministrationIntroduced on September 16, 2022https://lims.dccouncil.gov/Legislation/B24-0993
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B24-0996Senior Nutrition and Well-Being Equity Amendment Act of 2022Health, adult nutrition, food access, food securityRequires DACL to compile and annually submit a plan on data collection and reporting on senior outreach and service needs; hold a minimum of 4 community meetings make the draft plan available for comments; conduct outreach to promote senior programs and services; provide annual trainings for senior-facing District employees on the available programs and services for seniors; screen clients for food insecurity and malnutrition; annually submit a annual progress report on the implemention of its Senior Food Security Plan; screen and refer clients for housing needs; offer training for home health aidses; conduct senior wellness checks; create a routine mailer program identifying available senior programs and services; and establish a community lead group to provide suggests to DACL. Committee on Housing and Executive AdministrationIntroduced on September 19, 2022; Public Hearing on October 11, 2022; Passed First Reading on November 15, 2022https://lims.dccouncil.gov/Legislation/B24-0996
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